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Wellington Golf Association crowns match play champions in Harrison, Stocking and Gleason

By Bobby Wilson, Sumner Newscow — Derek Harrison, Brad Stocking and Trampas Gleason were the three winners of the Wellington Match Play tournament this weekend. The Wellington Men’s Golf Association held their annual tournament at the Wellington Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event was treated to cooler temperatures but the play was on fire. The event hosted 46 members who competed in three flights. Harrison was the Championship winner, while Stocking won the A Flight and Gleason the B Flight.

Championship Flight

The Championship Flight had some fierce competition that would take extra holes in two matches to decide a victor and the eventual Champion. On Saturday Charlie Ballard and Ty Wilson were all square after eighteen holes. Ballard the seasoned veteran would beat the local Senior Crusader golfer on the first playoff hole by making a birdie to advance.

14-year-old Blake Saffell gets his first hole-in-one

Blake Saffell not only makes a hole-in-one, but he supports the Kansas City Royals.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Steve Saffell was on the Wellington High School state champion golf team in 1983.

He has accomplished a lot in the golf world. But he hasn’t done one thing: hit a hole in one.

But his 14-year-old son has. Blake Saffell hit a hole in one yesterday afternoon on the Wellington Golf Course.

Using a 9-iron, Blake would step up to the Hole #17 red tee box at 3:45 p.m., and hit a golfball.

The ball would sail in the air, bounce onto the green and roll right into the hole – for his first ace of his life.

Wellington Swim Team sets sights on Winfield; battled Haysville last week

This week’s Wellington Sailfish swimmers of the week are: Back row to front row, L-R: Megan Wylie, Maizy Cornejo, Hank Shinliver, Mia Hawks, Sadie Camblin, Owen Camblin.

by Allison McCue, Sailfish head swimming coach — The Wellington Sailfish are busy preparing for their upcoming swim meet at Winfield. The battle begins this Tuesday night. The opening race starts at 6 p.m. so make yourself over to Winfield if you wish to see some exciting swim action.

Last week, the Sailfish continued their journey to League Finals as they took on a power house team, the Haysville Piranhas. Tripling the size of Wellington, a fair match wasn’t exactly in the forecast last Tuesday. Several heats consisted solely of Haysville swimmers, which eventually gave them a lead over the Sailfish.

Putting scores aside, some very exciting things happened at the meet. For the the first time the 8 and under age group had the chance to compete in relays. There is something to be said about the bustling atmosphere when the youngest swimmers are in the water. Everything from shouts of encouragement to awes and goo’s are fairly easily made out.

The 8 and under age group had stellar results. The boys relay consisting of: Owen Camblin, Kenneth Dockery, Easton Lynnes and Noah McComb placed first in their 200-meter freestyle relay, while the 8 and under girls claimed second place in the lady’s division. The swimmers in this relay included: Emmalee Burden, Sophie Cornejo, Kinley Gregory and Kirstyn Gregory They were over the moon to receive blue and red ribbons at practice on Wednesday morning.

Our swimmers of the week included:

12-and-under Wellington Rebels have been dominating USSSA summer ball

The Wellington Rebels are a USSSA team that has been racking up runs and wins.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Rebels, a 12-and-under girls softball team, has been doing this little thing called winning and winning a lot.

So much so that they are dominating their Wichita Twin Rivers Youth Club league, winning three out of the last four summer tournaments, and have been invited to attend a national tournament in Bixby, Okla. They were even invited to participate in the USSSA Girls Softball World Series in Kissimmee, Fla., although due to logistics they will not be able to attend.

This is good news for Crusader girls softball fans. Most of these Rebels will eventually be coming into the program in a few years.

The team is coached by Brady Walker and assistant Jared Brown.

In the past few months, the team is 32-8. They are undefeated in the TRYC League. But Walker said winning is secondary.

“I don’t care if they don’t win one more game,” Walker said. “I want them to learn how to work hard, trust one another and become great young ladies in life.”

Wellington Sailfish come just 5 points short against Twin Rivers Tuesday

by Allison McCue, Sailfish head swimming coach — The Sailfish pointed north Tuesday night as they took on Twin River Club.

I remember fearing this team when I was a swimmer a few years ago. They were always so fast. Their relays were always strategically put together and we were never able to contend in the meet. However, the gears have switched, my friends. Our team held our own last night, keeping a lead for the majority of the meet and grabbing the first, second and third slots in several different races.

However, after everything was tallied and wrapped up, the sailfish were defeated…… by 5 points…. What a bummer, right!? But, just the sheer fact that we held our own so, so well is such an accomplishment to begin with.

KSHSAA schools approve new classifications; Wellington remains in 4A; Conway Springs, Belle Plaine to drop to new 2A

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A new reclassification system has been approved by member Kansas State High School Activities Association schools which will be implemented in the 2018-19 school year. Wellington, assuming it maintains the current enrollment, will be part of the new Class 4A which does away with district football, and will make sports like tennis and wrestling into a new 32-team format.

Conway Springs and Belle Plaine will  be part of a new Class 2A, and the South-Central Border League schools will be unaffected. The big change for the smaller schools will be the elimination of Thursday-Tuesday-Saturday football during the playoffs.

The vote was taken this week. Based on 288 member schools, the proposal to reclassify football needed 145 votes to pass. It was passed by an overwhelming 207 schools. For all other sports, 352 member schools to reclassify member schools in all activities except football needed 177 votes to pass. That requirement was met with 207 affirmative votes.

So what does this all mean? Classifications will be taken in October and won’t be affected until the start of the 2018-19 academic year. The classifications will be divided into 32 teams for 6A, 5A and 4A; 48 teams for 3A and 2A and the remaining schools into 1A 11-man schools. 

Wellington Sailfish open season by reaching point goals against Derby

by Allison McCue, special to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Sailfish kicked off their summer season with a home opener Tuesday night against the Derby Dolphins in the teams first dual meet. As demonstrated in years past, Wellington tends to range on the small side in terms of team size; with 46 swimmers entered in events last night, the Sailfish geared up to compete against 80 Derby swimmers.

While Wellington came up short to The Dolphins, its hard to not notice the outstanding efforts demonstrated by each and every Sailfish, individually and as a team.

When all the points were tallied, the boys on the Wellington Swim Team totaled 113 by themselves. Keep in mind, the coaches set a point goal of 115 – which was very reasonable considering it was our first meet out of the gate. With our boys fell just two points short of our goal for the entire team; that is a true testament of their incredible abilities to overcome the intimidation of looking down the lanes and competing against five other swimmers, all wearing green caps.

The girls accumulated 78 points and claimed victories in several races. All the Sailfish demonstrated great attitudes, possessed impeccable work ethics through the practices this week and put the cherry on top with their driven mindsets. All together, the Wellington Sailfish scored 191 points – crushing our goal by 76 points. Amazing!

Nathan Allton wins 28th annual Doo Dah Open in disc golf

Nathan Allton

Sumner Newscow report — Nathan Michael Allton of Wellington was the winner of the 28th annual Doo Dah Open this past weekend in Wichita. Allton triumphed over 147 total disc golf players — the highest number to date for the Open. The disc golf tournament represented six states competing in four rounds of the toughest course layouts Wichita has to offer over a two day period.

“Allton finished with a blistering -16 on the weekend to secure the victory against the field of 28 of the best open players the Midwest has to offer,” said Ben Nispel, ACDGC Events Coordinator.

Wellington Clay Target team finishes 11th in state tournament

2017 Wellington Clay Target team.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School’s Clay Target team was in competition Saturday, June 3 at the State Tournament held at the Ark Valley Gun Club in Kechi.

Wellington finished 11th out of 25 teams. Moriah Lyne, a novice and ranked second in the state, finished tied for first with a girl from Little River. Both finished with total scores of 55 — the best out of 17 competitors in that category.

Andi Dry lived up to her No. 1 State Ranking in the junior varsity classification, finishing on top of 10 other competitors with a score of 64.

On the boys side, novice John Hart finished 24th out of 53 with a score of 47.

Oxford baseball players dominate in post-season accolades

Sumner Newscow report — The Oxford Wildcat baseball team finished the year 21-2, winners of the Walter Johnson League, and Class 2-1A state qualifiers. So it is no surprise that Oxford dominated in the post-season accolades. 

The following are all-league selections involving the WJL (also known as SCBL):

All Walter Johnson League Selections

First team

Grant Smith, sr., pitcher.

Dalton Silhan, jr., pitcher.

Dylan Reuter, sr. second base.

Blake Thurmond, sr. shortstop.

Dakota Mitchell, jr., outfielder.

Cal Shimkus, jr., outfielder.

Honorable mention:

Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine is Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine was a four-time placer at state track meet. (Photo by Taylor Bohannon).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jessica Heidel, a senior track athlete from Belle Plaine, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week – the final athlete to win the award this academic year!

At the Kansas State Track and Field Championships in Wichita last weekend, Heidel was a Class 3A State Champion in the long jump with a leap of 17’6.5” — beating Alaina Gfeller of Russell, who finished second with a 17-04 leap. She also finished second in the triple jump with a 38’4.5” leap — second only to Gfeller’s 38-06 mark.

In the sprints, Heidel finished second in the 100 meter dash with a 12.43 time and second in the 200 meters with a run of 25.61, losing both times to Shae Ware of Sedgwick.

Heidel is going to Hastings College in Nebraska to perform in track. For her efforts, Heidel is winner of a FREE large delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave. in Wellington.

Wellington well represented in 2017 baseball/softball all league AV-CTL IV list

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Wellington High School baseball and two softball players were named to the 2017 All Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV first team selected by league coaches.

In baseball:

•Cade Phelps, a Wellington junior, was named first team first baseman. He was also named first team pitcher. He was one of only two AV-CTL DIV members named twice to the first team list.

•Arlis Troutman, a junior, was named first team outfielder.

In softball:

•Madi Ledesma, a senior, was named first team pitcher.

•Jacelyn Buck, a sophomore, was named first team shortstop.

The other Wellington players listed on the second team and honorable mention list are as follows:

Wellington Swim Team is still taking registrations at the Rec

Ashtyn Sowersby in the butterfly during a swim meet last season.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington swim team met for the first time this season at the swimming pool this morning. The numbers are down a bit – 50 have registered.

If you have children, who is looking for something to do, and/or likes to compete, or doesn’t have another sport then the Wellington Swim team may be for them. It’s not too late to register. Just contact the Wellington Recreation Commission to register. 

The season lasts through the middle of July. The great thing about swim team is everyone plays. There is no one sitting the bench.

The meet schedule for the Wellington Swim Team is as follows: 

Sumner County baseball teams lose to eventual state champions

Sumner Newscow report — Here is an interesting tidbit about two of the three Sumner County high school baseball teams.

Wellington and Oxford lost to eventual state champions.

Wellington lost to Maize South in the Class 4A Div. 1 Regional semifinals 10-0 at Sellers Park. The Mavericks would go on to win the state championship 7-5 over Ottawa at the Dean Evans Stadium in Salina.

Oxford lost to Bluestem 8-1 in the first round of the Class 2-1A state tournament. The Lions went on to win the state championship beating Ellis 8-5 at the Great Bend Sports Complex. 

Wellington Heat to open season on Saturday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat will open their season on Saturday, May 27, 2017, marking the 24th season against the Denver Cougars at home at 7:05 p.m at Sellers Park.

This marks the fourth year in Wellington for the Heat. It also mark the 10-year reunion of the Heat winning their last World Championship.

The Heat has won three national titles in 24 years:  1996 and 1998 U.S. Open World Champions and 2007 National Baseball Congress World Championship.  The Heat played in the National Baseball Congress National Championship game in 2013 and came away with National Runner-up. 

Bluestem, errors end Oxford’s baseball season in first round of state

Oxford senior Grant Smith before getting a hit against Bluestem Thursday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether it was nerves, or it was just one of those games, the Oxford baseball team lost to Leon-Bluestem 8-1 in the first round of the Class 2-1A baseball tournament and has been eliminated.

Oxford committed five errors and getting just two hits on a beautiful, sunny Thursday afternoon at the Great Bend Sports Complex. The Wildcats end a great season at 20-2.

Games can be won and lost on the slimmest of errors. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the errors in this game came in bushels. Five of Bluestem’s eight runs were unearned.

The trouble started in the top of the first when a drop in center field allowed Lion leadoff batter Dakota Clift to reach base. An infield miscue a couple plays later would  lead him and Blake Bevan to runs. Before Oxford could get to bat it had two errors in the books and had allowed two hits with a 2-0 deficit.

Sumner Newscow LIVE twitter feed… Oxford vs. Bluestem, 1A State tournament

State tournament preview: Oxford baseball team set to play Bluestem in huge first round tussle

The Oxford baseball team practiced this week at the Hafner Center at Cowley College in preparation of the state tournament.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Oxford High School baseball team will be embarking on its second boys Class 2-1A State Tournament run in three years when it will travels to Great Bend Thursday.

The Wildcats (20-1) will be battling Bluestem (15-4) at 1:15 p.m. tomorrow in the first round. The game will be single elimination. If Oxford can get past Bluestem then it will be assured three games in the eight-team bracket (see here). There will be a sendoff at 7:15 a.m. tomorrow. Sumner Newscow will have live tweets of the game.

Oxford head coach Kyle Green is giving Dalton Silhan the starting nod on the mound against Bluestem. The junior has an ERA of 1.77 in 27.2 innings pitched.

The Wildcats and Lions have never met on the diamond. They did play in the first round of the Class 2A Regional in basketball which Bluestem won. The Lions have been Class 3A until this year and was once a member of the Central Plains League that included schools like Conway Springs and Belle Plaine around Wichita.

Now the school is part of the Tri-Valley League that includes schools more east and north. The only common opponents for the two clubs have been Cedar Vale-Dexter. 

Oxford to play Bluestem as the third seed in Class 2-1A State Baseball Championship tournament

Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas State High School Activities Association released the Boys Class 2-1A State Baseball Championship bracket this afternoon.

Oxford (20-1) will be the No. 3 seed. It will play Bluestem (15-4), the sixth seed on Thursday, May 25, at 1:15 p.m. at the Great Bend Sports Complex.

The first round game is single elimination. If the Wildcats survive Thursday then they will play the winner of #2 Troy (17-0) and #7 Pittsburg Colgan (16-6) on Friday at 11 a.m.

The full bracket can be found here. 

Wellington qualifies Meyer, Kop for Class 4A State Track meet

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington had a tough outing in the Class 4A Regional track meet at Winfield Thursday, qualifying just two athletes for the state meet at Cessna Stadium next week.

Wellington’s girls finished 11th out of 16 teams while the boys placed 13th out of 15. Full results of the AV-CTL DIV Winfield Regional can be found here. Top four finishers per event advance to state.

Taylor Meyer, a sophomore from Wellington, placed third in the javelin throw. Her 122-10 distance qualified her for the Class 4A state meet. She finished behind Andale’s Katy Commons, who threw 137-10 and Andale’s Julie Archer, who had a 131-05 throw.

Chris Kop, a WHS senior, qualified in the discus with a 161-8 throw, good enough for second place behind Matthew Everett of Winfield, who threw 163-09.

In other Crusader track news: 

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